With the United Nations warning we have just 12 years to limit the effects of climate change, we need to act fast. So what can we do to prevent global climate change from happening?
What is Climate Change?
Climate change is a change in global or regional climate patterns. This includes an increase to the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.
What you can do:
1. Use energy wisely
This can include changes such as changing to energy-efficient light bulbs and also to help do this you can unplug all of your computers, TVs and all other electronics when not using them. Another way you can save energy is by hanging wet clothes or towels to dry instead of using a dryer. Finally, when buying new appliances always make sure to look for the energy star label in order to help prevent climate change.
2. Green your commute
In order to ‘Green your commute’ you can reduce your transportation emissions by taking public transport or even maybe walking to school or work one day each week. You can also maybe ride a bike instead or car share with your friends or colleagues. By doing this you would help prevent climate change from happening.
3. Renewable sources
By investing in renewable sources like solar panels and wind turbines you can help put a stop to climate change as this helps save energy and money at the same time. This way climate change is being stopped.
4. Reduce our meat and dairy consumption
By producing animal products, especially beef and dairy, this causes the majority of food related greenhouse emissions. So to stop this from happening go help climate change is to reduce our intake of some meats and all dairy products and instead encourage plant-based diets.
5. Remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
Another thing we can do to end climate change is to remove all carbon dioxide from the surrounding atmosphere by planting forests and also by starting to bring in electric transport in order to stop fumes from producing into the atmosphere.
6. Help put a price on pollution
By putting a price on pollution like carbon it helps make polluting activities more expensive and makes other solutions more affordable therefore helping save money and the planet. By pricing carbon it is an efficient and business friendly way to reduce pollution and to also save money.
7. Put an end to coal plants and cut off the fossil fuel supply
There is still thousands of coal fired power throughout the world opening every year. In order to help climate change this all needs to be shut off and we need to prevent new ones from opening up. We also need to try and restrict the supply of fossil fuels. However the UK has pledged to end its coal use by 2025.
8. Consume less and waste less
We should try to consume less things to ourselves and try and share them with others. This way less will be wasted therefore helping stop climate change from happening.
9. Insulate your home
By insulating your home this can help keep it warm especially in the winter instead of using your heaters which use more energy therefore using more money. So by insulating our homes we can save money and energy, so helping reduce climate change.
A final way we can reduce climate change is to recycle all of our homes waste like cardboard, plastic bottles etc. This way we are helping put a stop to climate change.
So make sure you try to reduce, reuse and recycle to help our planet and prevent climate change from happening.
• By Meghan Welsh, reporter
• Sources: Vox, David Suzuki Foundation, Broward, Independent